Just one in five Britons back the Government's plan to quit the Brexit transition this year, a poll revealed today.
The UK formally left he EU on January 31 but immediately entered an 11-month transition so negotiating teams could strike a deal on the future relationship between Britain and the bloc.
The period expires on December 31 and Boris Johnson continues to resist calls for an extension, despite the coronavirus crisis gripping the globe.
The Mirror has been told one possibility being discussed in Whitehall involves a month's extension for every month the UK is locked down amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
A survey today shows 67% of those quizzed back a delay past December.
Four in 10 believe Downing Street should extend the transition for however long it takes until the virus outbreak is over.
But only 19% support the Government's position to plough on regardless and fully leave the EU at the end of this year.
Six per cent felt the transition period should be extended by three months to March 2021; 11% wanted a six-month delay to June 2021; and 12% called for a year-long extension to December 2021.
The survey of 2,016 people was carried out for WPI Strategy by JL Partners.
WPI strategy director Nick Faith said: “While one in five people do support the Government’s current stance to leave the EU with or without a future trade deal in place before the end of the year, it’s clear that the majority of Brits do not share that view.”
The PM's spokesman yesterday insisted the transition period would end on December 31 and was written in law.
He added the UK remained "absolutely committed" to continuing post-Brexit negotiations despite the coronavirus crisis gripping the world.
"Talks are continuing to take place between the negotiation teams remotely," the spokesman added.